News file for: Chinese Academy of Sciences

How Fussy Pandas Maintain A Balanced Bamboo Diet

How Fussy Pandas Maintain A Balanced Bamboo Diet

A study of six pandas over six years shows that they migrate in order to switch between bamboo species which provide them with different nutrients required for successful breeding.

Captive Pandas Have Good Genes

Captive Pandas Have Good Genes

Pandas kept in captivity have good levels of genetic diversity, making it unnecessary to capture more pandas from the wild.

Birds Show Fruit Color Pecking Order

Birds Show Fruit Color Pecking Order

Study shows that birds prefer red and black over other fruit colors, suggesting that bird preferences may have influenced fruit color evolution.

pH Switch Helps EV71 Invade Cells

pH Switch Helps EV71 Invade Cells

Changes in pH as the EV71 virus is internalized trigger viral uncoating via the SCARB2 protein, study shows.

Rainbow Fish Takes On Challenger Deep

Rainbow Fish Takes On Challenger Deep

China’s Rainbow Fish submersible has been designed to reach depths of 11,000 m, allowing it to explore the deepest known part of the ocean, Challenger Deep.

Gene Editing Does Not Introduce New Mutations

Gene Editing Does Not Introduce New Mutations

A study shows that gene editing technology, which could help treat genetic diseases, does not introduce new mutations to cells.

China, UK Commit US$20.5m To Plant & Microbial Research

China, UK Commit US$20.5m To Plant & Microbial Research

The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the UK-based John Innes Center will establish a research center focused on agricultural technology and microbial genetics.

Gallbladdder Cancer Pathway Identified

Gallbladdder Cancer Pathway Identified

A genetic analysis has shown that gallbladder cancer patients could stand to benefit from existing drugs targeting the ErbB pathway.

DNA Origami Delivers Anti-Cancer Drug

DNA Origami Delivers Anti-Cancer Drug

DNA origami could be used to deliver harmful anti-cancer drugs in a more targeted fashion, study shows.

Bringing The Bling To Antibacterials

Bringing The Bling To Antibacterials

Gold nanoparticles, which are well tolerated by the body and bactericidal in the dark, could be used to prevent biofilms from forming on medical implants, scientists show.